Storm Review

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During the trial of a former Bosnian Serb warlord, an ambitious prosecutor (Fox) unravels the terrifying truth of his crimes.

★★★★★

With the trial of Radovan Karadzic starting this month, Hans-Christian Schmid’s bleak criminal thriller couldn’t be more pertinent.

Centred on the fictional courtroom saga of former Bosnian Serb warlord Goran Duric, this tale of the quest for justice in the face of bureaucratic bullying and legal fog succeeds because it never loses hold of its human elements.

As Hannah Maynard, Kerry Fox plays an ambitious prosecutor who, with the help of her witness Mira (Anamaria Marinca), unravels the terrifying truth of Duric’s crimes. The Hague’s sterile offices and endless grey urban sprawl could have made Storm drab; thanks to the cool eye of the filmmaker and the two leads, it’s anything but.

The Hague’s sterile offices and endless grey urban sprawl could have made Storm drab; thanks to the cool eye of the filmmaker and the two leads, it’s anything but.